Resting in the Lord’s Appointment
This is a story and a passage that has encouraged and challenged me for several years. It comes from a book called They Found the Secret, by V. Raymond Edman. It features Amy Carmichael (whose writings have mentored me for 20+ years) and Andrew Murray whose writings have helped me understand more of what it means to abide in Jesus.
“Amy Carmichael wondered if he [Andrew Murray] was as good as his books, and found that he was even better. “For,” she said, “there was not only good news, there was a delicious dry humor, dauntless courage, and the gentleness and simplicity of a dear child. And he was very loving. He never seemed to be tired of loving.”
Then something painful happened to Mr. Murray. Miss Carmichael records that this is how he met it.
“He was quiet for a while with his Lord, then he wrote these words for himself:
First, he brought me here, it is His will that I am in this strait [i.e., hard] place: in that fact I will rest.
Next, he will keep me here in His love and will give me grace to behave as His child.
Then, He will then make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends for me to learn and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
Last, in his good time He can bring me out again — how and when He knows.
Let me say I am here,
1. By God’s appointment
2. In His keeping
3. Under His training
4. For His time”
(P. 117-118, They Found the Secret)
When faced with trial, temptation, struggle, how can Murray’s 4 points of self-counsel help you, or help a sexual struggler?